Dr. Collin Clarke

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Dr. Collin Clarke is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University.

Following the completion of his anesthesia residency at Western University, Dr. Clarke completed an Interventional Pain Management Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina. During his fellowship, he focused primarily on the management of Complex Regional Pain as well as fluoroscopically guided interventions for the management of spinal mediated pain syndromes.

Currently he operates a pain clinic out of St. Joseph's hospital that involves both pharmacotherapy as well as a variety of interventions for treatment and management of a variety of pain syndromes. Additionally, Dr. Clarke provides anesthesia services at the London Health Sciences Center.

His research interests focus on functional imaging for the interpretation of pain pathways.

Honours and Awards

Undergraduate Educator of the Year, Department of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (2012).
Voted by Clinical Clerks rotating through the department of anesthesia to be top educator.

1st Place - Duke University Medical Center Department of Anesthesia Case Competition (2012)
The Successful Management of a Pediatric Patient with Neuropathic Pain from a Spinal Anaplastic Ependymoma using Ziconotide

1st Place - International Society of Ultrasound for Regional Anesthesia – Innovation Award (2010)
Virtual Reality Imaging with Real Time Ultrasound for Facet Joint Injection – A Proof of Concept.


Hartford LB, Murphy PB, Gray DK, Maciver A, Clarke CFM, Allen LJ, Garcia-Ochoa C, Leslie KA, Van Koughnett JAM. The Standardization of Outpatient Procedure (STOP) Narcotics after anorectal surgery: a prospective non-inferiority study to reduce opioid use. Tech Coloproctol. 2020 Mar 30. doi: 10.1007/s10151-020-02190-0. [Epub ahead of print]

Welk B, McClure JA, Clarke C, Vogt K, Campbell J. An Opioid Prescription for Men Undergoing Minor Urologic Surgery Is Associated with an Increased Risk of New Persistent Opioid Use. Eur Urol. 2019 Sep 18.  [Epub ahead of print]

Hartford LB, Van Koughnett JAM, Murphy PB, Knowles SA, Wigen RB, Allen LJ, Clarke CFM et al. The Standardization of Outpatient Procedure (STOP) Narcotics: A Prospective Health Systems Intervention to Reduce Opioid Use in Ambulatory Breast Surgery. Ann Surg Oncol. 2019 Jul 24  Available from: http://link.springer.com/10.1245/s10434-019-07539-w

Hartford LB, Van Koughnett JAM, Murphy PB, Vogt KN, Hilsden RJ, Clarke CF, et al. Standardization of Outpatient Procedure (STOP) Narcotics: A Prospective Non-Inferiority Study to Reduce Opioid Use in Outpatient General Surgical Procedures. 2019 Jan. J Am Coll Surg. 228(1):81-88.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.09.008.

Clarke C, Rosta B, Nicolaou G. Single-source feedback fails to improve physician-nurse communication amongst anesthesiologists. Journal of Communication in Healthcare. 2018 Aug 7. Published online.

Singh S, Clarke C, Lawendy AR, Macleod M, Sanders D, Tieszer C. First Place: A prospective, randomized controlled trial of the impact of written discharge instructions for postoperative opioids on patient pain satisfaction and on minimizing opioid risk exposure in orthopaedic surgery. Curr Orthop Pract. 2018;29(4):292–6.

Pariser M, Clarke C. Analgesia for the high-risk patient [Chapter 14]. In: McConachie I, editor. Anesthesia and Perioperative Care of the High-Risk Patient. United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press; c2014.

Gomez AMA, Clarke C, Smith D, Yutkin V, Alzahrani A, Izawa JI. Is postoperative epidural analgesia better than patient-controlled analgesia for radical cystectomy? J of Clin Urology. 2014;7(3):190-97.

Clarke C, Lindsay DR, Pyati S, Buchheit T. Residual limb pain is not a diagnosis: a proposed algorithm to classify postamputation pain. Clin J Pain. 2013 Jun;29(6):551-62.

Clarke CF, Lawrence KS. Functional imaging for interpretation of pain pathways: current clinical application/relevance and future initiatives. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2013 Feb;17(2):311.

Low Y, Clarke CF, Huh BK. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia: a review of epidemiology, mechanisms and management. Singapore Med J. 2012 May;53(5):357-60.